Spiral staircases are remembered as fixtures in lighthouses, bell towers, attics and rooftops-or to generalize, awkward, obscure rooms and spaces. This is probably why having a spiral staircase in a room creates an air of mystery and intrigue, like the staircase is bound to lead you to a secret passageway or to somewhere you never expected. But then, spiral staircases are built in these awkward and obscure rooms and spaces primarily to save or maximize the small space.
The implications of having a spiral staircase can be exciting to both adults and children. But what is often overlooked about this certain type of stairs is that more often than not, they are beautiful. They can make amazing household fixtures, depending on where you put them, the materials used, and of course the design.
In the earlier days, spiral staircases were mostly used indoors to maximize living areas, but nowadays, spiral staircases are used outdoors, where there is typically less need to save space. Outdoor spiral staircases make attractive outdoor fixtures as well, instantly adding character to a home.
A typical would be bigger and wider than a typical indoor spiral staircase. The tread depth is wider, the rise higher, providing more comfortable access. Also, outdoor spiral cases are typically made of different materials to anticipate its exposure to elements like heat and water. The most commonly used materials are iron, aluminum and wood, as aluminum does not rust and wood makes sturdy steps.
Spiral staircases are typically used outdoors for deck access, but an can also have multi-levels, leading to more than one storey, with landings for each floor like a regular staircase. This makes the use of outdoor spiral staircase more interesting while saving some precious square feet at the same time.